Port of Spain is not the type of town you can explore fully on foot. You'll really want to have a tour guide or a vehicle to get you around simply because there is just so much to see. This town embodies all things as the seat of government, center of culture, and all around busy port city, so be prepared to spend your time hopping from historic homes to museums and back again.
If you enjoy learning about other people and places, you might want to visit a museum during your time in Port of Spain. You can click on the museum names for additional information.
If you are looking to do some sight-seeing, visit National Museum & Art Gallery. It is found in Port of Spain. The museum is open from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday, and on Sundays from 2:00 p.m.
Another popular destination is Central Bank Money Museum. It is located in downtown Port of Spain. Owned and staffed by the Central Bank, this museum will take visitors on a journey across the world and time to see how money, its use, and the way it is made and stored has changed over the years. At this time, the museum is closed for a complete upgrade and renovation, with the expectation that they will reopen in September of 2015.
Angostura Museum and Barcant Butterfly Collection: You can typically tour the property between 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
The chart right below lists more details concerning some available museums in and around the area.
|Angostura Museum and Barcant Butterfly Collection||(868) 623-1841 ext. 255||4.2 mi. East of Central Port of Spain|
|Central Bank Money Museum||(868) 625-2601 ext. 2151||Downtown Port of Spain|
|Chaguaramas Military History & Aviation Museum||(868) 634-4391||5.6 mi. West-Northwest of Central Port of Spain|
|National Museum & Art Gallery||(868) 623-5941||0.7 mi. North of Downtown Port of Spain|
Do you enjoy exploring the historical roots of places you visit? If yes, you should consider visiting a few of these historical attractions during your time in Port of Spain.
If you are looking to do some sight-seeing, visit President's House. It is found within Port of Spain. Much like the White House in the United States, the President's House is the official residence of the president of Trinidad and Tobago. Originally built in 1876, the house has served as a governor's residence, a museum and art gallery, the governor's residence once again, and finally the president's quarters.
An alternative landmark could be Fort Picton. It's a historical site on the outskirts of Port of Spain. Built by the British in 1797 fearing an imminent invasion by France or Spain, Fort Picton was the solution. The island's governor hoped that this single fort would be enough to hold off the other European empires.
Stollmeyer's Castle: Known as one of the "Magnificent Nine" historic buildings in Queen's Park West, this property is a historic home that was built to model a castle in Scotland. It's architecture is certainly impressive, and although it has had many uses over the years, today it is a popular attraction for tourists to visit.
You can look through the following chart to see sites of historical interest in Port of Spain.
|Fort George||(868) 639-3970||2.1 mi. North of Central Port of Spain|
|Fort Picton||--||1.0 mi. East of Downtown Port of Spain|
|--||Downtown Port of Spain|
|President's House||(868) 624-1261||1.6 mi. North of Downtown Port of Spain|
|Stollmeyer's Castle||--||1.5 mi. North-Northwest of Downtown Port of Spain|
Guests will enjoy some other intriguing attractions in and near the area.
Some of the other kinds of landmarks in and near the area can be seen in the chart below.
|Tourist Attraction||Downtown Port of Spain|
|Lighthouse||8.9 mi. West of Central Port of Spain|
|Lighthouse||Downtown Port of Spain|
Of course, Port of Spain has other attraction types. To get more information on other attractions for Port of Spain, navigate to this page.
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